Friday, 30 September 2016

Kenya can grow by double digits- But Uhuru Kenyatta is not the right steward.

In today’s world, ideas and knowledge, rather than physical capital, will be the real differentiator between the winners and the losers. That means that as a country, we must create a perfect environment where those with ideas are able to find capital to convert their ideas to tangible products, and even more so, access to markets that can expand their fledging businesses. This means that the chief work of the President is to be the economic custodian of the country.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

For how long will Jubilee trample on the basic tenets of our democracy?

Democracy has always been about a plurality of ideas. It has never been about who can connive and intimidate the other because he has the instruments of power. The political landscape in Kenya is heavily skewed towards an incumbent President. However, this does not mean that Uhuru Kenyatta and his ilk should treat Kenya as their plaything. It is all right to seek a second term as an incumbent President, but what is not right is to make the ruling party Jubilee be synonymous with the government machinery.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Jubilee’s claim that it has already won the 2017 election is wrong and unfounded.

Like us on FacebookPresident Uhuru Kenyatta’s body language is that Jubilee has already won the 2017 election. That what is merely left is to put the election beyond the reach of the opposition by winning with a landslide. I would like to debunk this myth in all its basic tenets. What we must remember is that Kenya is quiet, not peaceful, and so, all Jubilee luminaries and Kenyatta’s coat hangers should hold their horses.
There are millions upon millions of angry and frustrated Kenyans that are fed up with Jubilee’s policies. In the first place, Jubilee did not rise to power by galvanizing Kenyans’ hopes and aspirations. Rather, it rose to power by appealing to the base instincts of its electorate- that is- if you don’t vote for us- the white man will jail our son and Kenyans or rather Central Kenya-will creep back into neo colonialism. This is the lie upon which Jubilee ascended to power.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

If Jubilee’s binding glue is money, the opposition’s sticking point should be service to country.

Like us on Facebook For starters, the Jubilee party does not know what it stands for. But for a moment, let’s assume that it is a capitalist democratic party. This means that its binding glue is money and wealth acquired through whatever means. The opposition should go the opposite route then. It should be a force that sticks together those who have a profound belief in service to country. The opposition then, should model Kenya along the lines of the Scandinavian countries like Denmark in Europe, Canada in North America, and Botswana in Africa.

Monday, 26 September 2016

How can President Kenyatta dismantle tribalism and yet he benefits from it?

There is a common statement that is often repeated in American election cycles. It is that during the primaries, you move to the extreme of the pendulum to energize your base, but during the general election, you move to the center to bring the moderates and independents into the fold. This is what Donald Trump is trying to do, and the process, rapidly closing the gap between him and Hillary Clinton.  In Kenya, I would have expected President Uhuru Kenyatta to do the exact same thing- that is to energize his Central Kenya base during the election, but then move to the center during the Presidency.

Friday, 23 September 2016

For Kenya to lead Africa, Uhuru Kenyatta has to Lead by Example.

President Uhuru Kenyatta likes to pride himself as an African to the core- After all; the very basis of his election- or ascendancy to power- was that the white man- through the ICC- was out to finish him. His supporters bought this line hook, line, and sinker, believing that President Kenyatta would bring back the African spirit of the 1960s that ushered independence in much of Africa. Sadly, like the African leaders before him, his exuberance and dynamism as an African died down as soon as the perceived common enemy had been eliminated.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Kenya can be liberated, but only if we reject Jubilee’s Tyranny of Numbers.

The once formidable newspaper columnist and political commentator, Mutahi Ngunyi, coined the phrase ‘Tyranny of Numbers’ that made him a household name in Kenya. This statement- ‘Tyranny of Numbers’- not only catapulted Mutahi Ngunyi to fame, but it also ushered him into the world of big money and its attendant surrogate- corruption. Mr. Ngunyi is now being investigated for receiving undue millions from NYS.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Uhuru Kenyatta is not a paramount King- When he goes wrong, he must be told so.

I know for a fact that we organize our politics around tribe. So, issues with ideology are normally a hard sell in Kenya. The fact is that in Kenya, anyone that discriminates based on ideas and not tribe usually finds themselves in political backwaters. But such jewels are still there if you ask me. Think about Joe Donde, the initiator of the law capping interest rates on banks. He initiated the bill that was signed recently back in the year 2001. He never made it back to parliament. Think of Maoka Maore, the legislator that initiated the Constituency Development Fund- CDF- that has done a million times more than what our county governments could ever hope to achieve. He too never made it back to parliament. Such is our tragedy- that we always kill our own prophets.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Uhuru Kenyatta supporters should know that Kenya is much bigger than Uhuru.

Two days ago, I posted a comment on Facebook criticizing the way Uhuru Kenyatta had cheapened the Presidency. I argued that gospel singer Bahati taking the Presidential chair from the President was not the only incident in which Uhuru had become too available and cheapened the Presidency. In the subsequent Facebook comments, some Jubilee diehards went ahead to proclaim that anyone that hates Uhuru Kenyatta is a lazy person that does not know how wealth is created. I would first argue that I don’t hate Uhuru Kenyatta. For that would be assigning too high a value on him. I simply disdain him, which means, I consider that he’s not qualified to be President, let alone be engaged in a reelection bid. I would like to tell Jubilee supporters that the world is much bigger than Kiambu or Central Kenya. So, all Uhuru supporters should take a chill pill and know that the man they mistakenly love so much- Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta- is as fallible as anyone else. What’s more, he’s not a paramount king that is destined to rule forever. When he’s naked, we must point out so. Isn’t this what democracy is all about?

Monday, 19 September 2016

Jubilee’s line up to 2032 would only work if Kenya were a Communist Party State.

In the run up to the Jubilee Party convention 10 days ago, Meru senator Kiraitu Murungi indicated that the party would invite China’s Communist Party to address its delegates. However, this did not materialize-Perhaps pointing out that Jubilee is all talk and no action. Mr. Kiraitu Murungi used to be quite a formidable man- until he made one statement- That if the river always flows to the ocean, why change its course? Wouldn’t it swallow you? And this is how he ended up being eaten by the crocodiles in the murky Kenyan political waters. He has since become a status quo person- just happy and content with the way things are so long as he gets to eat his share. This is why I have often said that elite Harvard type education is a tragedy for Africa, for it merely creates black Europeans whose conviction to emancipate the enslaved African peasant is really not there.

Let me be clear about the Jubilee Party’s intentions. The Jubilee Party has times without number indicated that it has a line up to 2032. This essentially means that in the next 16 years, the rest of us should cheerlead, sit idle and clap along as the Jubilee runs the country to a ground. I would however like to point out that it is never too late to salvage the Kenyan ship that is sinking under the stewardship of the Jubilee mandarins. The fact is that you only draw a line up if you are doing well- not when your performance is downright questionable. The Jubilee administration has practiced the politics of exclusion, hate, and divisiveness. It has made Kenyans aim for the absolute low in life. Jubilee cannot point to a single achievement in office. Nothing can be felt by ‘wanjiku’ on the ground.

The so called tired and recycled joke that world leaders coming to Kenya are a sign of Jubilee’s progress and achievements is nothing but hogwash. No one on the ground has felt the impact of such visits- only a handful of well-connected conference organizers are ripping the profits. What’s more, the policy papers discussed in such forums remain just that- sky in the pie ideas that will never be implemented to improve the livelihood of ‘wanjiku’. What’s more, it’s a complete oxymoron for Jubilee to preach about inclusion and unity when it has been sustained in power by exclusivity and tribalism.

If Jubilee were serious about copying the Chinese Communist Party model for development- it would have filled its ranks with intellectuals and progressives. It would never have welcomed with open arms political refugees looking for financial survival. But let’s remember this. The Communist Party of China has made an eternal pact with the Chinese people. It is that in exchange for surrendering their civil liberties, they would be economically prosperous. And the party fulfilled on this promise- for it lifted 300 million people out of poverty in a generation, in the process becoming the world’s largest second largest economy. Jubilee has never made such a pact with Kenyans. It’s why its line up to 2032 is utter and complete nonsense.